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Life is not getting any simpler. The Anoka County Attorney’s Office must plan now to meet future challenges. Brad will put public safety first, control costs and improve efficiency, and take on juvenile delinquency and related problems.
Public Safety First. Public safety does not just mean being tough on violent crime. It also means having a comprehensive plan to improve how we handle Anoka County’s most challenging criminal problems including financial and property crimes. Brad will:
Vigorously prosecute violent criminals with an eye toward deterring repeat offenses, especially by domestic abusers and sex offenders;
Firmly establish new programs to take on domestic abuse and sex offenses without delay and to obtain more appropriate punishments throughout the county;
Crack down on serious nonviolent financial crimes, such as identity theft, mortgage fraud, public corruption, and the exploitation of the elderly and vulnerable; and
Judiciously use civil litigation and criminal prosecution to pursue organized criminal activity, such as drug dealers, gangs and other crime rings.
Control Costs and Improve Efficiency. With a decade of private law practice, Brad knows how to leverage talent and technology to bring efficiencies from the private sector to government. Due to budget constraints, today’s public lawyers and staff must do more with less. But that does not mean that Anoka’s residents must accept less from the County Attorney’s Office. Brad will:
Expand alternatives to expensive incarceration for punishing offenders guilty of low-level nonviolent and financial crimes, such as improved restitution, diversion and restorative justice programs, and special veterans programs for service members struggling with reintegration;
Leverage relationships with Minnesota County Attorney’s Association and other organizations to reduce legal research costs and to share equipment and expenses with other prosecutor’s offices;
Leverage technology so assistant county attorneys, investigators, and staff have ready access to better tools to increase efficiency; and
Increase training to improve the capabilities of assistant county attorneys, investigators, and staff.
Take On Juvenile Delinquency and Related Problems. Experience teaches that early intervention can prevent young offenders from reoffending, saving thousands of future tax dollars on prosecution and incarceration. High schools reflect problems in to their communities and prosecutors can be more effective by developing relationships with our schools. Brad will:
Personally participate in truancy enforcement and hold monthly meetings with parents of at-risk children; and
Assign prosecutors, in addition to Brad and his chief deputy, to each high school in the county to educate school officials and the county’s teenagers about the law, our legal systems and consequences, and to develop strategies for reducing juvenile crime and recidivism.